with Samantha Ostergaard and Do-On Robert Thomas
July 11-13 (Friday-Sunday)
Restore yourself by reconnecting with a place deep within that is still and clear.
Join us as we engage with the body as the foundation for deepening our spiritual practice through yoga practice and Zen meditation. You will be guided through a series of gentle restorative and therapeutic yoga postures that support you to find a grounded and focused relaxation, while also preparing you for sitting in meditation posture without discomfort. Reconnection with the fundamental experience of being with the body and accepting our experience in the present moment restores balance to the heart and mind. You will leave renewed and refreshed, having found a still, clear and peaceful place within. Testimonial:
Samantha and Robert have put together a marvelous, inspiring, thoughtful retreat that really integrates body and mind in extended periods of yoga practice and meditation. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and came home feeling fully renewed, relaxed, and with a panoply of new ways to approach both meditation and yoga. The balance of different intensities of yoga, zazen and outdoor meditation, dharma talks, and free time, was perfect, and the Tassajara setting idyllic.
As retreat leaders, Samantha and Robert's two styles complement each other superbly - they're by turns serious and entertaining, as well as responsive, knowledgeable, compassionate and kind. This was reflected in the diverse group of people who attended the retreat, all of whom were personable, interesting, and lovely folks with whom to share a weekend.
- E., UC Berkeley doctoral student and teacherRetreat fee:
Samantha Ostergaard’s yoga teaching is deeply influenced by the transformational three years she spent living and practicing at Tassajara. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga for 20 years and teaching it for 9 years, and specializes in therapeutic yoga for back and neck pain. Samantha is a licensed acupuncturist with a private practice in San Francisco.
Do-On Robert Thomas
Do-On Robert Thomas is a Zen priest and teacher with Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. His teaching is focused on helping people extend the deeply grounded yet expansive awareness of Zen meditation into the activities of daily life. He is also a visiting Dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.